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Bill Detail: HB23-1024

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Title Relative And Kin Placement Of A Child
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/09/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Human Services
House Sponsors S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
E. Epps (D)
Senate Sponsors T. Exum Sr. (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/09/2023
Summary

The bill establishes several measures that protect the best interests
of a child or youth and that will not hinder reunification with the child's
or youth's family when the child or youth has been temporarily placed
outside the family home with a relative or kin (relative), including:
  • Permitting a relative to appeal when denied placement of
the child or youth with the relative;
  • Requiring the department of human services (department),
to use reasonable efforts to help a relative whose barrier to
caring for the child or youth is a lack of resources;
  • Amending the court's advisement to the parent so it is
consistent with changes to statute;
  • Specifying what information should be included in a notice
to relatives when the child or youth has been removed from
the child's or youth home;
  • Requiring that courts give preference to a relative unless
placement with that relative would negatively affect the
child's or youth's health, safety, or welfare or hinder
reunification with the child's or youth's family;
  • Providing options for a relative to be allowed to participate
in a child's or youth's care and planning;
  • Creating a rebuttable presumption that placement with a
relative is in the child's or youth's best interest as long as
the child's or youth's health or safety is not jeopardized by
the placement; and
  • Requiring that caseworkers inform the court of efforts to
identify and place a child or youth with a relative.

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